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Sacred spaces: the hospital chapels of London

2005

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Hospitals are hectic places, buzzing with human drama and high technology. Yet within all the London hospitals are chapels, oases of calm, places for reflection and prayer. Sacred spaces: the hospital chapels of London seeks out these often forgotten treasures of architecture and art. The book covers the whole of the 800-year history of hospital chapels in the capital, from the venerable and ancient chapel of St Barts’; through the building of Guy's hospital chapel with its mysterious crypt; through the explosion of Victorian artistic splendour at Great Ormond Street and the Middlesex hospital. The final part of the book examines late 20th-century attempts to compromise with increasing secularism and the challenge of accommodating other world faiths. A book for anyone who is interested in the architecture of London, those concerned with the relationship of faith and healing and those fascinated by the wonderful work of London’s hospitals. Lavishly illustrated with photographs by Andy Chopping, this beautiful book uncovers some of the least known architectural treasures of London. The proceeds of the book will be donated to London hospital trusts. Sacred spaces includes a foreword by the Right Reverend Christopher Herbert, Lord Bishop of St Albans. You may order from us or from the Great Ormond Street Hospital gift shop or by post from St Marks Church, Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY (tel: 01234 342613)

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